Anambra election: ‘Don’t be deterred by the ongoing violence, vote’ – Catholic Bishop

Most Reverend Jonas-Benson Okoye, the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Awka, Anambra State on Saturday said that the November 6 governorship election in Southeast state must hold. Okoye said he took this position because the alternative was to have a Constitutional crisis in the state. The cleric was speaking at the funeral Mass for … The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.

Anambra election: ‘Don’t be deterred by the ongoing violence, vote’ – Catholic Bishop

Most Reverend Jonas-Benson Okoye, the Auxiliary Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Awka, Anambra State on Saturday said that the November 6 governorship election in Southeast state must hold.

Okoye said he took this position because the alternative was to have a Constitutional crisis in the state.

The cleric was speaking at the funeral Mass for Chief Julius Odinigwe, a staunch member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Enugu-Ukwu in Njikoka Local Government Area of the state.

“Many are trying to frustrate preparations for the election; this is a sign that if we don’t vote, they will destroy us and our faith.

“We can’t get justice or freedom by sitting at home; the only thing to do to save the situation is to come out next Saturday with your Permanent Voter Cards to vote for the right candidate,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) has stated that the cost of conducting the Anambra State governorship election is higher than that of Ondo and Edo due to “unusual circumstances”.

The INEC National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye, stated that the amount used for the rebuilding of burnt office has led to the high cost of the Anambra election.

The article was originally published on Politics Nigeria.